Urban Agriculture and Employability Skills

Avant-Gardening contributed to this very interesting report written by Olivia Varley-Winter which looks at some of the benefits of urban gardening. http://www.skillsdevelopment.org/researchprojects/urban_agriculture.aspx

Nightingale Nature TV

Dr Rosie Apple in the garden
Dr Rosie Apple in the garden

This short film made over a couple of afternoons in late summer captures some of the fun the young people of Nightingale Estate in Woolwich had creating activities in the community garden http://youtu.be/iMYKkdtzMTU

Topics: [children and young people] [community engagement] [community garden] [Woolwich]

Salford Zine Library

Avant-Gardening have been included in the Salford Zine Library. Check out their blog all you zine fans



Green Fingers at the Serpentine

Inspired by the Summer 2011 Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery  the Avant-Gardeners organised an eco themed family day where participants were invited to design a plot of land for a new eco-city. Working together they built models of inspiring new ecological facilities which were added into the city. The day served as a pilot for a new eco-urban planning strategy game project that Avant-Gardening are currently developing

We were so impressed by the great ideas that people came up with to make the city a fully functioning, sustainable and FUN place to live. Have a look at our Tumblr page for more images of the day 

Topics: [eco-city] [Serpentine Gallery] [urban planning]

Embrace the Place: Tate Britain

Lisa and the Mobile Planting unit
Lisa and the Mobile Planting unit

Avant Gardening and Lisa Cheung will be joining the Tate Local event, Embrace the Place on Saturday 3 Sept 1pm to 5pm. Click here for more information

Topics: [Tate]

Nightingale TV

Have you seen bats on Woolwich Common?

Do you want to share a story of your gardening successes?

This summer the residents of Woolwich's Nightingale Estate will become news reporters and journalists as they investigate the urban nature in their area. From bird-spotting to urban growing the intrepid reporters will be reporting on the latest trends in urban gardening. The project will be launched at Welcare, Nightingale Vale, SE18 on Wednesday 10 Aug at 1pm and is open to all children and young people that live on the estate.  Come along and sign-up to be part of the news team.

We are also looking for people of any age who have a story to tell! You could make Nature News headlines and be visited by our Mobile News Desk who will interview you about your gardening tips or nature news. If you have a story to tell contact paul@avantgardening.org and we will arrange a time for you to be interviewed.


Topics: [film and video] [Nightingale Estate] [urban gardening] [Woolwich]

Avant Gardening the Mayor's Newham Show

Avant Gardening the Mayor's Newham Show

The Avant-Gardeners will be at the Mayor's Newham Show on the weekend of 16 and 17 July 12 - 6pm. As well as distributing free salad leaf seed packs we will be creating a fanzine where participants can share their gardening and cookery tips.  Help us to capture your gardening knowledge in this unique fanzine which will be available to download from the following week

Topics: [mobile allotment] [Newham]

Flowers in the Wood summer arts

Friday 8 July from 1pm on the Flowers Estate in Abbey Wood.          Join in with the summer- woodland themed afternoon.

Avant-Gardening nature walk Join Polly for an exploration of Lesnes Abbey. Meet at the Pavilion in Bostall Gardens at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. 

Salad leaf seed packs Collect your free seeds from Crafty Cafe, 106 McLeod Road (while stocks last)

Mobile Allotment Has been planted by pupils at Alexander McLeod School and can be viewed at the school from 3.30 to 4.30 in the school playground where you can join the Avant-Gardeners planting seeds or get your face painted 

Explore Bostall Woods  A poster campaign to promote the use of Bostall Woods. Created by children following their visits to the woodlandd. View the posters on the school fences, 3pm to 5pm

Mobile Allotment Postcards A limited number of postcards depicting children's views of the Mobile Allotment are available from Roy's Stores, 1 - 3 Basildon Road and Crafty Cafe

Guides to the Woods Local children have produced their own unique guides to the woods. Download your copy and re-explore the woods through the eyes of a child. http://www.calameo.com/read/00000441060eddb74c33c


Nightingale Spring Party

Once again Avant-Gardening will be joining our friends on the Nightingale estate in Woolwich for the Nightingale Spring Party. Come along and enjoy the free family workshops and have a look at how the community garden is growing. We will also be unveiling the new banner created through workshops with the local children.  Wednesday 1 June, 1pm - 4pm at Welcare in Greenwich, Nightingale Vale, SE18

Topics: [art workshops] [community garden] [Nightingale Estate]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation